Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
DOINews: SC CSC Works with Tribes on Environmental Initiatives this Spring!
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The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) is looking forward to several opportunities to work with Native American Tribes this Spring to promote environmental awareness and enhance environmental programs within Tribal communities. Staff from the SC CSC will participate in several upcoming events, including the following:
17th Annual Tribal Environmental Summit in Dallas, TX on March 26-28, 2014
The EPA Region 6 hosts an annual tribal environmental summit for tribal representatives to obtain a first hand view of various products and training materials that are necessary to enhance their environmental programs. April Taylor, Sustainability Scientist for the SC CSC, will be attending the summit.
2014 “To Bridge A Gap” Meeting in Fayetteville, AR on April 7-10, 2014
The Eastern Shawnee Tribe will be hosting the conference in collaboration with the National Forest Service. This conference is designed to strengthen Government to Government relationships between federal/state agencies and federally recognized tribes with interests in our forests. April Taylor will be presenting on a developing “Natural and Cultural Resources Committee”.
The Chickasaw Nation Native Explorers in Norman, OK on March 29, 2014
The Chickasaw Nation Native Explorers group includes up to 89 native students from Ada and Ardmore, OK that are interested in science. The South Central Climate Science Center will host the Chickasaw Nation Native Explorers group for a day of tours of the National Weather Center and a few hands on activities including: Geotagging Photos to Monitor Climate Changes and Satellite Imagery to Monitor Climate Change.